To the older women who helped shape me

My life is an accumulation. A fruitful gleaning of wisdom from all of you who have gone before.

You are the older women who helped shape me.

You noticed a young, fumbling woman and said, “Walk with me.”

You may not have used actual words, but your actions said exactly that: “Walk with me.”

Patiently you taught me to work, to “adult,” to worship, to persevere, to learn, to believe. To forgive. To let go. To hold my head high in the confidence of my true identity.

You helped shape the woman I am today, and you laid the groundwork for the woman I’ll be tomorrow. Continue reading “To the older women who helped shape me”

10 ways to bridge the generation gap with another woman

The benefits of intergenerational relationships are many and great. Among the greatest of the great are a broader perspective, greater compassion, higher sensitivity to others’ needs as well as genuine f.u.n.

But a common question I hear from women who seek to form cross-generational bonds is HOW?

How do I connect with a woman of a different generation? Continue reading “10 ways to bridge the generation gap with another woman”

Barriers and Blessings of Biblical Discipleship: A Big Sister’s Perspective

Last week, my friend Annie McGuire hosted me on her blog, Daily His Disciple, where I shared the barriers and blessings of biblical discipleship from a younger woman’s perspective (read article here). What a joy to have Annie here on my blog this week sharing the big sister’s perspective! Continue reading “Barriers and Blessings of Biblical Discipleship: A Big Sister’s Perspective”

We Have Forgotten We Are Sisters: Broken unity among believers

A friend broke the news to me the other day. A group of women I care about who lead a ministry I care about have become divided. The group has split, resentfully. So many women find themselves caught between the two sides.

Those were hard words to hear. Heartbreaking.

I don’t want to see the good work God is doing be maligned by what amounts to personality conflicts and differences of opinion.

I wish I could say I have heard such a story only once in recent months. Sadly, I’ve heard it multiple times. Different groups, same story. The broken unity among Christian women seems to be everywhere.

The devil is at work, sisters. He has prowled, and he has devoured. The carnage lays beneath his dancing feet. Continue reading “We Have Forgotten We Are Sisters: Broken unity among believers”

Before you say no to becoming a mentor, know this

Only in the last couple of years have I started to take seriously the instructions found in Titus 2:3-4:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children

I never saw myself as “older.” I mean, I certainly don’t FEEL old. Most days, anyway.

Then I started to notice just how young those college girls look, and how so very, very “momish” the entirety of my wardrobe is.

I also started noticing, quite by accident, that I had life experience younger women craved to hear, much to my surprise.

So I took a step of faith.

And it didn’t take long for me to understand certain truths that so many older women have learned before me when they became mentors: Continue reading “Before you say no to becoming a mentor, know this”